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The Bane of Blains

Published Date: 
August 10, 2004

Blains are mentioned in the King James Bible only two times; both times in the passage describing the sixth plague against Egypt—the plague of boils (Exodus 9:9, 10). Both verses refer to “a boil breaking forth with blains.” The word blain comes from an old form of the word blister. It is an inflammatory swelling or sore on the surface of the body. An interesting use of the word is found in the Wycliffe Bible of 1382 in Job 2:7 – “He smot Job with the werste stinkende bleyne.”

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 23:2

And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.